Newcastle United’s goalkeeping dilemma unfolds as Martin Dubravka rests and Freddie Woodman is absent

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka won’t be at the friendly games in York and Harrogate this weekend.

Ideally, Steve Bruce needs two goalkeepers for every game – both start at 2 p.m. – but only three have been involved in the club’s training so far official television station.

And there is a question mark about Freddie Woodman with the former England youth international who was not pictured in preparation for the season.

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Woodman posted an Instagram update from a Croydon Cafe yesterday while his teammates trained in York at Queen Ethelburga’s College.

Dubravka has some extra recovery time after Slovakia’s Euro 2020 campaign while Woodman, who has been linked with Leeds United for the past 24 hours, posted a picture on his Instagram indicating that he is in his hometown of Croydon is located.

Woodman first bonded with the squad at the start of the pre-season last week and should play one of the friendly games in York or Harrogate.

It was actually off to York when Woodman made his debut for a Newcastle XI at the age of just 14 during the Alan Pardew era.

That was in 2011 and after playing for a variety of managers he has only made four appearances on Newcastle’s first team since then, having been loaned to Aberdeen, Swansea, Kilmarnock and Crawley over the years.

Now, at 24, however, Woodman is ready to move on and establish himself as the number one.

He’s done the job for Swansea over the past two seasons and made 95 appearances.

Leeds made a cash offer for Woodman earlier this week and it is believed that there will be further interest in Celtic early this summer.

With Dubravka at the start of the season, Woodman knows it will be difficult for him to get past Karl Darlow to even compete as number 2.

And Steve Bruce has Mark Gillespie number 3 at the club while youngsters Dan Langley and Jake Turner push for their chance.

Woodman was recently mentioned under a swap deal with Arsenal for Joe Willock, but the Gunners insist they want to keep their spot-on midfielder.

Where Woodman is staying is currently unclear, but with the EFL season now just a month away, clubs are starting to prepare their squads. Representing Newcastle in the preseason is unlikely to improve Woodman’s career prospects.

Woodman has represented England from the U16s to the U21s and has won the European and World Championships.

He trained with England’s senior team under Gareth Southgate, but despite being the godson of the Three Lions boss, he was told by the man himself that he would have to play senior football to keep his senior-team hopes alive.

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